7 Mainstream Bollywood Actresses of 21st Century

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Kareena Kapoor Khan

After debuting in J.P. Dutta's Refugee (2000), Kapoor has starred in the likes of Dev (2004), Omkara (2006), Jab We Met (2007), Kurbaan (2009), 3 Idiots (2009), Talaash (2012), Bjarangi Bhaijaan (2015), Udta Punjab (2016), Laal Singh Chaddha (2022), and Crew (2024).

Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Priyanka Chopra, Miss World 2000, debuted in Thamizhan (2002) and The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (2002). Her Bollywood breakout came with Aitraaz (2004), followed by hits like Don, Fashion, and Bajirao Mastani. She's also been part of Hollywood films like Baywatch (2017), The White Tiger (2020), and The Matrix Resurrections (2021).

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone began with Kannada film Aishwarya (2006) before making her Hindi debut in Om Shanti Om (2007) with a dual role. Her notable Bollywood films include Cocktail, Piku, Tamasha, and Bajirao Mastani, along with Pathaan (2023). She ventured into Hollywood in 2017, co-starring in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage with Vin Diesel.

Alia Bhatt

Bhatt debuted in the questionable Student of the Year (2012) but immediately showed acting chops in Highway (2014), proceeding to star in films like 2 States (2014), Udta Punjab (2016), Dear Zindagi (2016), Raazi (2018), Gully Boy (2019), and Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022). She has also appeared in the international Netflix film Heart of Stone (2023).

Taapsee Pannu

Pannu started out in Telugu cinema and the occasional Tamil and Malayalam film before venturing into Bollywood with Chashme Baddoor (2013). She followed that up with films like Baby (2015), Pink (2016), Mulk (2018), Manmarziyaan (2018), and Thappad (2020).

Kiara Advani

Advani debuted in 2014 with Fugly, and then starred in M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016) Lust Stories (2018), Kabir Singh (2019), Guilty (2020), and Satyaprem Ki Katha (2023).

Sanya Malhotra

Malhotra debuted as wrestler Babita Kumari in Dangal (2016), followed by Pataakha (2018), Badhaai Ho (2018), Photograph (2019), Ludo (2020), and Pagglait (2021).

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